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sankofa bird

The “Sankofa” is a metaphorical symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress.  What poem or speech inspires you to reflect on your history and helps to provide direction for your successful future?


Doug White Principal of Garfield

Doug White began his career in the Kansas City Public Schools in 1997 as an Elementary Music Teacher. He was an Assistant Principal for 5 years, became a Principal in 2007, and has been serving as the Principal at Garfield since 2010.  Raised in the Kansas City area, Mr. White completed his Bachelor of Science/Music Education Degree from the University of Missouri and his Master’s Degree in School Administration from the University of Central Missouri.  He has had the opportunity to work with educators throughout the state of Missouri as a participant and facilitator for several years in the Department of Education’s Leadership Academy.

Students of Garfield National Honor Society